Manfred Mohr
Untitled, 1967
Lithography on paper
20.75 x 20.25 in / 52.7 x 51.4 cm, framed
Edition of 10

Mohr’s work is an important bridge between handmade manipulations and machine-calculated structures in art. Following a series of geometric experiments, a shift toward hard-edge painting by 1967 immediately preceded Mohr’s use of the computer as a tool for art. In this period of work, his fascination with modern electronic hardware emerges, seen in his use of iconic shapes resembling schematics. Mohr’s interest in electronic and circuitry, in part, predisposed him to being so adventurous in using computers for his art in the late 1960s.

Drawn on a lithography stone by hand in 1967, this picture is one of last Mohr would create without the assistance of a computer. Visually it borrows from a technical language of signs, such as those used to depict vacuum tubes and sine waves.


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